Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume II
427 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence
General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence
I have just received the following cable from General Wilson:
We will shortly be sending a force into Athens on the German evacuation. For association's sake I am anxious to include a New Zealand detachment, not exceeding 300. The popularity of New Zealand troops with the Greek civil population is very great. I am informed that the New Zealand reinforcements in Egypt might provide a potential source for this detachment without prejudice to the New Zealand forces operating in Italy.
I have advised General Wilson that the question is being referred to you and that I will cable him as soon as I get your reply.1